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Amazing Earth-sized planet dubbed the ‘iceball’ discovered by NASA

Posted in 2017, astronomy, Galaxy, Uncategorized with tags , , , , on April 27, 2017 by theboldcorsicanflame
59021059c461883a158b45c6.jpgNASA has discovered a planet the same size as Earth, and the same distance from its star as our planet is from the sun.

Due to its small size, the host star does not produce enough heat to support life on the planet. This has prompted scientists to label the world – nominally called OGLE-2016-BLG-1195Lb – the ‘iceball’ planet.

An international team of researchers found the planet using a technique known as ‘microlensing,’ which uses background stars as flashlights that mark out planets as dark dots when they cross the field of light.

“This iceball planet is the lowest-mass planet ever found through microlensing,” said Yossi Shvartzvald, a NASA postdoctoral fellow based at the space agency’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.

The study, published in Astrophysical Journal Letters, aims to increase our understanding of the different types of planetary systems, in particular the distribution and frequency of planets outside the central bulge of the Milky Way.

Some 13,000 light years away, the ‘iceball’ orbits an object so small that researchers believe it could be a brown dwarf, a star-like object not capable of generating energy through nuclear fusion.

Another theory suggests it’s an ultra-cool dwarf star like TRAPPIST-1, the recently discovered star found to be hosting seven Earth-like objects.

READ MORE: NASA releases images of exoplanet-ringed dwarf star TRAPPIST-1 (VIDEO, PHOTOS)

 

Source: Amazing Earth-sized planet dubbed the ‘iceball’ discovered by NASA — RT Viral

Sunday, Feb. 26th: Something strange is about to happen in the southern hemispher

Posted in 2017, astronomy, Galaxy with tags , , , , , , on February 25, 2017 by theboldcorsicanflame

On Sunday, Feb. 26th, the Moon will pass in front of the sun, covering as much as 99% of the solar disk.

It’s an annular solar eclipse, shown here in an animation from ShadowandSubstance.com

Annular eclipses occur when the Moon passes dead center in front of the sun, but does not completely cover it. At maximum eclipse, an intense “ring of fire” surrounds the mountainous limb of the Moon.

The narrow path of annularity snakes across five countries: Chile and Argentina in South America; Angola, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Zambia in Africa. People in those countries can see the ring of fire for almost a minute and a half. Outside that path, the eclipse will be partial.  This means the sun will turn into a crescent—a slender one near the path of annularity and a fatter one away from it. Caution: Always use safe solar filters to observe the sun.

Observers in the eclipse zone are encouraged to look down as well–for instance, at the sun-dappled ground beneath leafy trees.  The sight of a thousand crescent-shaped sunbeams swaying back and forth on a grassy lawn or sidewalk is unforgettable.

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http://spaceweather.com

Radiation levels inside a stricken reactor at Japan’s Fukushima nuclear plant have hit a record high capable of shutting down robots within 2 hours!!

Posted in 2017 with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 3, 2017 by theboldcorsicanflame

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Radiation levels inside a stricken reactor at Japan’s Fukushima nuclear plant have hit a record high capable of shutting down robots, in the latest challenge to efforts aimed at dismantling the disaster-hit facility.

Radiation levels inside the plant’s No. 2 reactor were estimated at 530 sieverts per hour at one spot, Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) said Thursday after analyzing images taken by a manually operated camera that probed the deepest point yet within the reactor.

Even after taking a 30-percent margin of error into account, the radiation level was still far higher than the previous record of 73 sieverts per hour detected by sensors in 2012 though at a point not as deep, TEPCO said. Radiation exposure at 530 sieverts per hour would effectively shut down TEPCO’s planned robot camera probe in under two hours.

But TEPCO said the high reading focused on a single point, with levels estimated to be much lower at other spots filmed by the camera. It added that the planned robot probe would not sustain severe damage because it was unlikely to linger for too long at a single point.

The three cameras mounted on a caterpillar-type robot are designed to withstand up to 1,000 sieverts in total. TEPCO said the radiation is not leaking outside the reactor. A massive undersea earthquake on March 11, 2011 sent a huge tsunami barrelling into Japan’s northeast coast, leaving more than 18,000 people dead or missing, and sending three reactors into meltdown at the Fukushima plant in the worst such accident since Chernobyl in 1986.

Japan’s government said in December that it expects the total costs – including compensation, decommissioning and decontamination – to reach 21.5 trillion yen ($190 billion) in a process likely to take decades as high radiation levels have slowed operations.

TEPCO has said it plans to eventually use robots to locate the fuel debris as part of the decommissioning process.

Images of the wreckage inside the No. 2 reactor captured by the camera show that the metal grating under the pressure vessel which contained nuclear fuel has largely sunken in, causing a hole about one metre wide.

Black debris that could be melted fuel is also seen in the images. Fuel may have melted through the vessel and damaged the grating but the exact cause was not determined, TEPCO spokesman Tatsuhiro Yamagishi said Friday. “It may have been caused by nuclear fuel that would have melted and made a hole in the vessel, but it is only a hypothesis at this stage,” he told AFP.

“We believe the captured images offer very useful information, but we still need to investigate given that it is very difficult to assume the actual condition inside,” he said.

Source:

http://hisz.rsoe.hu/

70,000 Birds Slaughtered To Clear Skies For Our Airplanes! Tip of the Iceberg

Posted in 2017, animals with tags , , , , , , , , on January 25, 2017 by theboldcorsicanflame

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Despite culling, bird strikes have increased

Nearby Kennedy Airport lies beneath a major migratory route for many bird species. The airport has also seen a significant increase in bird strikes.

In the wake of this widespread avian slaughter and it’s apparent ineffectiveness, opponents state that airport officials should find alternative measures to protect pilots and their passengers.

Jeffrey Kramer, a volunteer for GooseWatch NYC, believes that more efficient radar systems should be employed.

These would detect and avoid problematic flocks. “There has to be a long-term solution that doesn’t rely so extensively on killing birds and also keeps us safe in the sky.”

Airport officials say skies are safer without birds….and the Earth would be safer without humans?

How do you feel about the mass-slaughter of all these birds? Is it justifiable?

More on:

http://www.thealternativedaily.com/70000-birds-slaughtered-for-airplanes/

 

Earth-like Planet just 39 light years away with a thick atmosphere, It could mean there’s Water

Posted in 2017, astronomy with tags , , , , , , , on January 24, 2017 by theboldcorsicanflame

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A rocky, oven-hot Earth-sized spotted orbiting a small nearby star just over a year ago is one of the best chances we have of finding alien life outside our solar system.

The planet, named GJ1132b, is around 1.2 times the size of Earth and appears to be predominantly composed of rock and iron.

Now scientists have taken the closest look yet at GJ1132b, confirming the presence of its thick atmosphere and finding hints the planet could be rich in water.

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Is there a ‘water-rich’ alien world lurking nearby? Earth-like planet just 39 light years away has a thick atmosphere

 

Strange Radio Bursts Seen Coming From a Galaxy Far, Far Away

Posted in 2017, astronomy, Galaxy with tags , , , , , , , on January 16, 2017 by theboldcorsicanflame

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ILLUSTRATION BY BILL SAXTON, NRAO,AUI,NSF; HUBBLE LEGACY ARCHIVE, ESA, NASA

The discovery of a faint radio burst in a dwarf galaxy three billion light-years away may provide scientists with a new window into the early universe, while also offering vital clues to a mystery that continues to challenge our perceptions of the cosmos.

Every day, thousands of enigmatic objects in space produce bursts of radio waves that flash for just a few milliseconds yet are capable of generating as much energy as 500 million suns.

Astronomers didn’t even know these fast radio bursts existed until a decade ago. In the years since, they’ve been scouring the cosmos, hoping that by pinpointing their locations, they might be able to figure out what—or perhaps who—is producing them.

 

Today, a team of astronomers announced that they have finally found their quarry. Relying on a global network of powerful telescopes, they managed to capture a fast radio burst that is broadcasting from a dwarf galaxy some three billion light-years away.

 

TO BE CONTINUED ON

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/01/fast-radio-bursts-galaxy-frb-121102-black-hole-space-science/

Life AFTER Death: Shock claim of evidence showing consciousness may continue as a SOUL

Posted in 2016, spirituality with tags , , , , , , , , on November 11, 2016 by theboldcorsicanflame

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The human conscious lives on after death, scientists have sensationally claimed….

The possibility of life after death is one of the greatest mysteries of humanity, but now experts are claiming that there is no death of consciousness – just death of the body.

According to some well-respected scientists, quantum mechanics allows consciousness to live on following the body’s eventual demise.

While scientists are still unsure about what exactly consciousness is, the University of Arizona’s Stuart Hameroff believes that it is merely information stored at a quantum level.

British physicist Sir Roger Penrose agrees and believes he and his team have found evidence that protein-based microtubules – a structural component of human cells – carry quantum information – information stored at a sub-atomic level.

VIDEOS and MORE on

http://www.express.co.uk/news/science/728897/LIFE-AFTER-DEATH-consciousness-continue-SOUL

 

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